James David Eberst (Jim), 77, of Gilbert, AZ passed away peacefully on March 28, 2021 at his home with his loving wife and family by his side. Jim was born on March 21, 1944 in Toledo, Ohio to William E. and Marie Therese Eberst. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Cecelia (Cis), daughters, Mary, Jacque (Tom), Jennifer and Melissa and grandchildren, Ashley (Adam), Cameron and Olivia, his sister, Sue, and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was an adventurous guy who loved the outdoors, whether panning for gold, metal detecting, hunting, shooting targets at the gun range, golfing, or riding the open roads on his motorcycle or corvette. His laugh was infectious and he made everlasting friends in all the places he and his family lived.
Jim graduated from Waite High School in Toledo, Ohio in 1962. He joined the US Marine Corps in 1963 serving his beloved country for four years. He was a very proud patriot and veteran.
Jim and Cis married on May 8, 1981 in Monroe, Michigan and resided in Toledo, Ohio. Shortly after their marriage they moved their family to Laramie, Wyoming to start their new adventures out West fulfilling his dream to be in the wide open land and mountains.. It brought him such joy to take his family on outdoor adventures camping, fishing, hiking and discovering new places. Jim worked as an electrician on a new Arena-Auditorium at the University of Wyoming until the project was completed. From there he moved his family to Thermopolis, WY then settled in Cody, WY where he acquired Cody Electric. His time in Cody held many fond and cherished memories and he always kept Wyoming at the center of his heart. Once the three older children graduated high school and left home, in 1991, Jim, Cis and their youngest daughter continued their journey west to Oregon living in Newport, Lincoln City and Gresham where he was an electrical inspector. During his time in Gresham, he and Cis bought Harleys and began their open road adventures with close friends. His ‘road buddies’ even peer pressured him to getting an earring – he was a true ‘biker’!
In 2010, Jim retired from the City of Gresham. He and Cis decided to leave Oregon for drier and warmer temperatures and bought a beautiful home in Gilbert, AZ where they were closer to family. After retirement, his skills and experience from aircraft mechanics and electrician never stopped. He loved to ‘fix’ and ‘tinker’ with anything that may be broken. Jim and Cis spent their retirement years traveling to many places which included cruises to The Holy Land and Alaska. They also spent time visiting their daughter Mary in Germany and the surrounding European countries, while she was stationed there. These were amongst his favorites trips.
Jim was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren and he cherished time spent with his family and friends.
Jim was a member of the East Valley Marine Corps League Detachment #1296, Corvette Club of AZ, Rio Salado Sportsman Club, and a lifetime member of the Cody B.P.O. Elks Lodge.
A memorial service honoring Jim will be held at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 E Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85255 on Monday, April 5, 2021. A viewing will be from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Service from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. followed by a Military Honors burial at the National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.
Donations can be made to the East Valley Marines US Marine Corp League Det. #1296, PO Box 13192, Chandler, AZ 85248 or East Valley Hospice, 2152 South Vineyard Suite 117, Meza, AZ 85210.